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March 15, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Jake Muzzin had only an instant to react when he saw Kings teammate Colin Fraser get leveled by a check from San Jose's Andrew Desjardins in the second period Thursday. The contact looked to be shoulder-to-shoulder and Fraser went down hard. "I thought he was hurt, so I wanted to take action. It happened quick," said Muzzin, the Kings' rookie defenseman. Luckily for the Kings, Fraser was fine. Unfortunately, for Muzzin, he was hit with a double minor for instigating, and instigating with a visor, in addition to the five-minute fighting major and 10-minute misconduct.
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April 22, 2014 | Helene Elliott
The Kings tried to reestablish their identity Tuesday and climb back into their first-round playoff series against San Jose. However, the resilient but still-flawed performance now leaves them facing an early end to their season. And, maybe, to an era. It wasn't enough that they shook off the two beatdowns they had absorbed in the first two games at San Jose and put together strong stretches Tuesday at Staples Center. Patrick Marleau's backhander off the stick of Kings defenseman Slava Voynov 6 minutes and 20 seconds into overtime gave San Jose a 4-3 victory and put the Kings on the brink of being swept out of the playoffs.
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March 16, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
The NHL's rookie of the year race generally follows a familiar pattern: Top candidates are usually high draft choices (such as Edmonton's Nail Yakupov, chosen first overall in the 2012 draft); college players (such as Justin Schultz, the former Ducks' pick, who signed as a free agent with Edmonton), or a hotshot European (young Russian star Vladimir Tarasenko, an early-season sensation for the St. Louis Blues.) Rarely does a player such as Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin get mentioned in the conversation.
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March 27, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH - Greetings from Pittsburgh. The Penguins and Kings held their morning skates at the Consol Energy Center in preparation for their game Thursday, and in talking to players and coaches from both sides afterward, the links between the teams became a recurring theme. Penguins Coach Dan Bylsma and assistant coach Tony Granato both played for the Kings, and Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi, of course, was a key member of the Kings' 2012 Stanley Cup championship team. He departed last summer as a free agent, and the Kings have keenly felt his absence.
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November 21, 2010
Kings today AT OTTAWA When: 4:30 p.m. PST Where: Scotiabank Place On the air: TV: Prime, Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 13-6-0, Senators 9-10-1. Record vs. Senators (2009-10): 1-0-0. Update: The Kings are 1-1 through the first two games of this four-game trip. Coach Terry Murray said he is considering putting defenseman Jake Muzzin back in the lineup in place of Peter Harrold in order to spark the power play, which was scoreless in five chances in the Kings' 4-3 shootout victory at Boston on Saturday and has been shut out in three of the last four games.
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March 6, 2013 | By Helene Elliott
The kids are more than all right, and coming from Coach Darryl Sutter that's saying a lot. Since losing veterans Willie Mitchell and Matt Greene to long-term injuries early this season, the Kings have had to rely on a generally young defense corps. The kids' collective performance has been on an upswing, a key factor in the Kings' 9-2 surge. Jake Muzzin recorded a career-high three points in the Kings' 6-4 comeback victory over St. Louis on Tuesday; Keaton Ellerby has had an even or plus defensive rating in eight straight games; Slava Voynov has scored four points in his last two games and has had only one minus rating in his last nine games, and Drew Doughty - though still seeking his first goal - had two assists Tuesday and has had one negative defensive rating in his last six games.
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March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
You can use several methods to assess progress but there are the old reliable signposts along the long-and-winding NHL path. There's the first 20 games of a season, the record at Thanksgiving, and on New Year's. This season, there was the mark at the Olympic break, and now at the looming trade deadline. Wednesday, at noon, is the last opportunity for NHL general managers to close their deals. And so the Kings and Montreal played their final game before the window snaps shut and the Kings beat the Canadiens, 2-1, Monday night at Staples Center on goals by defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Jeff Carter, who had the game winner, on a power play in the second period.
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November 21, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Another fruitless effort by the Kings' power-play unit had Coach Terry Murray considering a lineup change for the team's game Monday at Ottawa against the Senators. Murray said Sunday that he is thinking about substituting Jake Muzzin on defense for Peter Harrold , hoping Muzzin's solid shot might energize a power-play unit that has been shut out three times in the last four games and is one for 15 in that span. Muzzin has been scratched the last two games and three of the last four, including the Kings' 4-3 shootout victory Saturday at Boston.
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October 26, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Kings tonight AT CHICAGO When: 5:30 PDT. Where: United Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 6-2-0, Blackhawks 5-4-1. Record vs. Blackhawks (2009-10): 1-2-1. Update: Right wing Dustin Brown will be available, having escaped supplementary discipline for an illegal check to the head called against him when he hit Minnesota's Antti Miettinen on Monday. Kings executives said they were unsure whether the NHL rescinded Brown's game misconduct.
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November 10, 2010 | By Helene Elliott
Left wing Kyle Clifford is scheduled to play on the Kings' fourth line Thursday against Dallas, his 10th game and the activation point of his pro contract. But a meeting between Coach Terry Murray and General Manager Dean Lombardi on Wednesday didn't produce a decision on the future of 19-year-old center Brayden Schenn, due to sit out his third straight game. A club spokesman said the course with both hadn't changed, though after practice Murray was leaning toward returning Schenn to his junior team.
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March 26, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PITTSBURGH - With the Kings scheduled to play their third road game in four days when they face the Penguins on Thursday at Consol Energy Center, Coach Darryl Sutter declared Wednesday's practice an optional session. Not surprisingly, most players opted out. Forwards Tanner Pearson, Tyler Toffoli, Jordan Nolan and Kyle Clifford and defenseman Matt Greene shared the ice with goaltender Martin Jones, and all of them got a good workout that was led by Sutter. It's normal for youngsters and players who get little ice time to participate in optional practices, but it's a relatively new adventure for Greene, a veteran whose toughness and basic defensive play made him a leader during the team's 2012 Stanley Cup run. Greene, who was designated an alternate captain because of his stalwart play and the respect he has within the locker room,  has been a healthy scratch in 12 of the last 13 games.
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March 24, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
PHILADELPHIA - If Flyers fans booed every time Jeff Carter touched the puck Monday, it must have sounded like music to his ears. With extra zip in his step if not revenge in his heart for the acrimonious end to his tenure with the Flyers, Carter scored the Kings' first goal in his first game back at the Wells Fargo Center. Another former Flyer longer removed, Justin Williams, scored the second goal of the Kings' eventual 3-2 victory. "There's an added incentive any time you play your former team, especially the way things ended here," Williams said of Carter, who didn't speak to the media after the game.
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March 16, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The stretch run has such a way of magnifying the good and the bad. For instance, a puck banks off the skate of Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin past his goalie Martin Jones and a segment of Kings fans want Muzzin put on the next plane back to the minors. The Ducks beat the Kings, 2-1, Saturday night at Staples Center, putting together consecutive victories after Wednesday's loss at Calgary. That 7-2 pratfall against the Flames now appears more like a wake-up call at a key time rather than a precursor of doom.
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March 3, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
You can use several methods to assess progress but there are the old reliable signposts along the long-and-winding NHL path. There's the first 20 games of a season, the record at Thanksgiving, and on New Year's. This season, there was the mark at the Olympic break, and now at the looming trade deadline. Wednesday, at noon, is the last opportunity for NHL general managers to close their deals. And so the Kings and Montreal played their final game before the window snaps shut and the Kings beat the Canadiens, 2-1, Monday night at Staples Center on goals by defenseman Jake Muzzin and forward Jeff Carter, who had the game winner, on a power play in the second period.
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February 6, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
The Kings honored their six Olympians on Thursday, inviting them to take one more trip around the Staples Center ice before leaving for Sochi and next week's tournament. But all six had to put in a little extra work on their way out the door. And that led to a nice parting gift, with defenseman Robyn Regehr scoring in overtime to end a four-game losing streak and give the Kings a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Regehr's goal, on a rising shot from just off the left circle at 2 minutes 33 seconds, also gave the Kings their fourth win in six overtime periods this season.
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January 17, 2014 | Helene Elliott
DETROIT - Defenseman Jake Muzzin's emotions swung quickly Thursday from exhilaration to exasperation. The 24-year-old scored the Kings' first goal against St. Louis - his first point in 15 games - but was responsible for the Blues' equalizer after his shot on goal was blocked and turned into a breakaway for T.J. Oshie. Muzzin impeded Oshie, who was awarded a penalty shot and scored. "Stuff's going to happen. There's no sense dwelling on it or letting it affect the rest of your game," he said Friday after the Kings practiced at Joe Louis Arena.
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March 26, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman, Los Angeles Times
CHICAGO - Calgary Flames captain and spiritual leader Jarome Iginla might fit in quite nicely with the Chicago Blackhawks or the Boston Bruins. How about with the reigning Stanley Cup champion Kings? On the ice? Yes. With a shrinking salary cap looming? Probably not. This is why the chances of the Kings making and succeeding in a serious pitch for the right wing appear slim. The struggling Flames and Iginla played in Chicago on Tuesday night. Of course, things can change with one tweet in the NHL, especially with the trade deadline still eight days away.
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September 25, 2013 | By Lisa Dillman
Kings captain Dustin Brown skated with the main group Wednesday for first time since he was injured and was the first player off the ice and not around later to talk about his progress. That's not a bad thing. Brown had to leave the practice facility to attend to a family matter. The Browns are expecting their fourth child and the newest addition to the family was expected to arrive any moment Wednesday. (His two oldest boys, remember, were responsible for one of the most charming visions with the Stanley Cup after the Kings won it in 2012.
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January 16, 2014 | By Helene Elliott
ST. LOUIS -- On a night when the Kings and St. Louis Blues between them showcased more than a dozen players who were chosen to participate in the Sochi Olympics hockey tournament, a player who was invited to the U.S. Olympic orientation camp but didn't make the final roster was the standout. Forward Trevor Lewis, who's usually energetic but is rarely rewarded on the scoresheet, scored twice early in the third period as the Kings defeated the St. Louis Blues, 4-1, on Thursday at Scottrade Center.
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January 12, 2014 | By Lisa Dillman
The Kings' rescue squad, armed with goals and assists, isn't going to come from the American Hockey League. It is going to have to come from within, at least until Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi trades for a top-six forward. Of course, isn't almost everyone trying to do just that? Youngster Tanner Pearson has been practicing with the Kings this past week, having been called up from their AHL affiliate at Manchester, N.H. The left wing with a nice scoring touch could provide a jolt of energy, maybe even as soon as Monday night against Vancouver, but Kings Coach Darryl Sutter is almost always conservative about young players.
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